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I am a school psychologist in NJ. I pursued the adoption

I am a school psychologist in NJ. I pursued the adoption process for a 5-yr old boy who is in foster for whom I have called DFS twice. Upon a court proceeding on the child's behalf, his public defender put my name in as a possible adoptive parent. DFS called me, and my husband and I consented to background checks. When it got to local police check, our township noted a domestic violence occurrence for which the charges were dropped (by me against my husband--I called due to destruction of property, had him removed, there was NO PHYSICAL ABUSE AT ALL) as my husband went to detox and has been sober ever since, no prior criminal, no arrest on this or ever, I dropped the TRO, made written statement at courthouse to dismiss everything. DFS will not place the child with us for this reason. There were no charges, no arrest, therefore no conviction. I want to fight this. Do I have a case? I feel we have been ruled out unfairly. What can I do? (PS, if he wasn't sober since then, I'd throw him right back out and told them and him so).

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My girlfriend lost custody of her daughter when she went to

My girlfriend lost custody of her daughter when she went to another state for a little over two weeks. She is a young new mom whose mother withdrew her from high school at the age of 17 when she found out she was pregnant. She was sent to live with a friend of her mother and have the child. She ended up going on a trip to California (she and I were on a break at the time) to see an ex. He neglected to get her back to the airport to catch her flight for the round trip ticket she had. Her father then filed for emergency custody even though she had left her child in the care of a friend of the family and even signed over medical power of attorney in her absence in case anything was necessary for her daughter. An ex-parte hearing was held and emergency custody was awarded. She has been trying to regain custody of her daughter now for months. Her father's attorney alledged that she was a drug addict and an unfit parent. She has since passed all drug tests and passed parenting classes and been through counseling. Her father's attorney even called her a whore in court. I wasn't aware that that had anything to do with being a fit parent. She was living with friends of the family because her father would not take her in. She did/does not have the money for an attorney was not represented by anyone but herself in the proceedings. Previously she had been through this process on her own. That is not and will not be the case any longer. The father of the child is not in the picture whatsoever. She is now a very young adult and now has her first job. She is persuing her G.E.D. and she and I are working on getting a place of our own. She is currently living with me, but I have roommates and we want an even calmer place for the baby. My parents would even allow her to live with them (which is an unquestionably fit home) if it would help regain custody of the baby. Can we get the baby back? How can they still have the child? What are the grounds under which her child was taken from her?

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New york state child support law a parent pays until the child

New york state child support law: a parent pays until the child turns 21, are there any rules where this can end before that age? EX. child drops out of high school (signed out by parent) EX. Child doesn't go to college, gets a full time job instead? EX. Child moves out on her own at 18? EX. Child marries at 18?EX. Child has teenage pregnancy?

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I live in Montana. I had custody of two children, my ex-wife

I live in Montana. I had custody of two children, my ex-wife moved out of state with her then boyfriend. She never paid child support. The state took their income tax refund of $4,780.53 in 2003. They filed for injured spouse because she has never worked since leaving the state. The state then attempted to regain the money back from me. The state sent me a promissory note on May 30, 2006, which I never signed or sent back. I had a telephone hearing with the ex and a person from the child support enforcement. I told them that I did not want anything from my ex and I was told that if the state took the money, the state needed to refund the money to the ex. I have had the state keep several of my tax returns and I have also paid them around $2840.. I had not heard from the state since 2006, because during the hearing, I was told that it was all over. In 2014, the state kept my tax return to pay the money back. I was told by the state that it took them 10 years to have their system updated which is supposedly why I haven't heard anymore from them. I am wondering if there is a time limit on this type of action from the state or not.JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: MontanaJA: Have you talked to a laywer yet?Customer: NoJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No, only that I was making payments back to the state up until the time of the hearing.

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Can I get my alimony reduced since my ex-wife is living with

Can I get my alimony reduced since my ex-wife is living with her parents now for over a year?

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Am I able to get a copy of a restraining order from the

Am I able to get a copy of a restraining order from the court before I have been served? California

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I have question regarding relation between parents and

Hello, I have question regarding relation between parents and children. After divorce my daughter is with me by law (court decision) and I allow ex-husband to visit and see her. but father just call by phone to her once or twice in a year, he does not very interested about connection with her. My daughter is 11 years old . now we are again in mediation with lawyers about child support, parenting, marriage distribution etc. ex-husband wants to see daughter in winter and summer break, but don't want to come to USA , he resides in Russia. so my question, if my daughter does not want to go to Russia for vacation, judge should ask her about her wishes or will send her by power to father? thank you

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I just ran away from my husband of 30+ years. The condo &

I just ran away from my husband of 30+ years. The condo & cars are all in his name. I had to take one of the cars to get away & survive (look for work, etc). Can he report it as stolen?JA: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?Customer: I'm here in WY. He's in IL.JA: Have you talked to a laywer yet?Customer: No. I've called & left messages.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Not for now.

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I am a year old single woman and disabled since 2004. I

I am a 69 year old single woman and disabled since 2004. I began receiving disability benefits from Social Security in 2007 (court ordered also retroactive benefits in a lump sum). Here is my question: I lived alone in New Hampshire until 2010. I was reaching the point where I was needing more and more outside help with lifestyle issues - I cannot drive anymore and need rides to medical appts, someone to grocery shop for me, etc. I received a phone call from a family member telling me that my former husband's second wife had passed away (we were divorced before my disabiling accident). I sent him a card; he called me long distance from his home in Colorado. We struck-up a new/old friendship. I told him about my failing health, he told me about his lonliness, and we came up with what has become a Godsend for both of us. I moved into his home in Colorado where I have my own bedroom/bathroom area at one end of the house, and his is at the other end. We meet in the middle for the kitchen! The part that is becoming our potential "undoing" is money. Each of us lives only on our individual Social Security Retirement checks. I have become a serious financial liability to him and I know it. Is there some provision in the Social Security system for extra money paid to someone who takes care of a disabled person living with them?JA: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Is there anything else important you think the Retirement Accountant should know?Customer: Only that my name is ***** ***** I have a lot dependent on your answer today.

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